Preeya Kalidas will play the role of Miss Hedge in the popular West End musical

ACTRESS and singer Preeya Kalidas will join the cast of Everybody’s Talking about Jamie later this month.

Starting November 19, Kalidas will play the role of Miss Hedge in the West End musical that just celebrated its two year anniversary at the Apollo Theatre London. She will be the first British Asian to play the role of Miss Hedge.

Kalidas said: “I fell in love with Everybody’s Talking about Jamie from the first time I saw it. The music is contagious, the diversity of talent being represented on a West End stage is incredible.

“So to be joining the cast as Miss Hedge, I am extremely excited to be part of a show that makes the audience feel so elated and joyous, a show that reminds us all that being unafraid to do and be whoever you want to be, can be extremely powerful.”

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, directed by Jenny Popplewell.

The musical is directed by Jonathan Butterell, and has a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells.

Kalidas is known for playing the roles of Priya in AR Rahman and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and Pinky in Bend it Like Beckham The Musical. Some of her on screen credits include Amira in Eastenders, Carmen in BBC’s Bollywood Carmen and Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it Like Beckham.

She also has a show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday.